Legendary GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson will be honored at the 12th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund® tribute concert at the Novo (formally Club Nokia) in Los Angeles on May 19. Robinson will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund as well as his commitment to helping others with the addiction recovery process.
All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer will host the event. GRAMMY-nominated artists El DeBarge and Kem, and multi-GRAMMY winners Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Cee Lo Green will perform durimng the tribute. Robinson will give a closing performance with his touring band. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
Producer, songwriter and founder of Motown Records Berry Gordy will serve as the Honorary Tribute Chair for the event. Noted entertainment attorney John Branca, who was recently appointed to serve as the MusiCares Honorary Board Chair, will be in attendance. Branca was Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the MusiCares 20th Anniversary Campaign, which raised a total of $12.5 million.
An acclaimed singer/songwriter, Robinson’s career spans more than six decades of hits. Born and raised in Detroit, he founded the Miracles while still in high school. The Miracles were Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and Robinson was there from the very beginning as Gordy started the Motown Records dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around,” which was co-written by Robinson and Gordy, became Motown’s first No. 1 hit on the R&B Singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group, including “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks Of My Tears,” “Going To A Go-Go,” “More Love,” “The Tears Of A Clown” (co-written with Hank Crosby and Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”
The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Robinson became vice president of Motown Records, serving as an in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter. In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, he wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats, including Marvin Gaye, Brenda Holloway, the Temptations, Mary Wells, and others.
Robinson has received numerous awards, including the GRAMMY Legend Award, The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, four recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®, an honorary doctorate from Howard University, Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He remained vice president of Motown Records until the sale of the company, shaping the label’s success with his friend and mentor Gordy. Following his tenure at Motown, Robinson has continued his impressive touring career and released several successful solo albums.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.